Ten university-based national security projects awarded funding


Grants totalling $5.8 million have been awarded under the second round of the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program.

Among the ten supported projects announced on Monday were edge computing security in distributed systems, polymeric nanocomposites to shield defence equipment from electromagnetic interference, and “meta-lattice composite materials” to shield defence satellites from high-power microwave attack.

 “The ten successful programs represent a balanced portfolio of Research & Development (R&D) investment that includes universities from different jurisdictions across a range of research topics,” said Professor Tanya Monro, Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist.

“Collectively, this will generate valuable capability and capacity in tertiary sector R&D related specifically to National Security,’ Professor Monro said.

The program was established in 2020, jointly funded by the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) and Defence, with grants administered by the Australian Research Council.

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